Paul Nuttall will today call for VAT on household fuel bills to be scrapped
The UKIP leader is to put forward the proposal – which could save the average household £60 a year – as part of a package of ideas for cutting the cost of living for working class communities.
He will also call for VAT on hot food takeaways to be abolished.
“Let’s make the phrase ‘cheap as chips’ meaningful again,” he is expected to say.
Mr Nuttall is to make his first speech to a UKIP conference since taking over from Nigel Farage at the spring gathering of the anti-Brussels party.
It comes as he has high hopes of gaining a Commons seat in next week’s Stoke-on-Trent by election.
The UKIP leader is to put forward the proposal which could save the average household £60 a year
His party is challenging to snatch the Midlands constituency from Labour.
There should not have to be a choice between heating or eating
To signal’s UKIP appeal to disillusioned former Labour voters, Mr Nuttall will highlight how working class families could gain from Brexit.
He will point out that leaving the EU will return control over VAT rates to Westminster from Brussels and end the need to charge the EU’s minimum VAT rates.
UKIP would use that power to end the 5% levy on domestic fuel bills, which currently raises around £1.8billion a year for the Treasury.“There should not have to be a choice between heating or eating,” he will say.
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UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall visits the Roma ghetto in Sofia
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Fakulteta district of Sofia, Bulgaria where 55,000 Bulgarian romas live in exteme poverty
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Roma children lie in squalor as they cry for food
Mr Nuttall is to make his first speech to a UKIP conference since taking over from Nigel Farage
The UKIP leader will also call for the end of VAT on hot takeaway food, which currently raises about £200million a year in tax revenue.
Former chancellor George Osborne was accused of plotting a “pasty tax” when he attempted to raise the levy and was force to back down.
“Families deserve an occasional takeaway treat,” Mr Nuttall is expected to say.
The UKIP leader will also call for the end of VAT on hot takeaway food
The two-day conference at the Macron Stadium in Bolton will also hear details of new Ukip plans to slash the £12billion annual Government foreign aid budget to just £2.5billion, about £1billion less than the party proposed in its 2015 general election manifesto.
And UKIP is expected to raise its targets by spending an extra £3billion on the NHS and £1.2billion on adult social care.
All the new pledges are designed to shift Ukip towards “patriotic working class” voters.